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3 arrested for murder in city court complex

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi police arrested three more persons in connection with Monday’s shootout in Rohini court complex in which an under-trial prisoner had been killed.Though there was no official word, police sources said the killing was a case of mistaken identity. Gangster Neeraj Bawana, lodged in Tihar prison, wanted to eliminate his rival Rajesh Bawania who was also to be produced in the court on Monday, sources said. But Vinod alias Ballu was shot dead by Abdul Khan, who was arrested from the crime scene.It is not the first time that Neeraj’s name has cropped up in a shoot-out despite his being in jail. “We have arrested Praveen Chahar and Vikram Sehrawat alias Rinku alias Babar and apprehended a 17-year-old,” said Rohini DCP Rishi Pal.The police said Khan had no previous criminal record and had used a country-made pistol to kill Vikas. Technical surveillance and local intelligence led the cops to the remaining accused.”Praveen sheltered Vikram and the juvenile. They then offered money to Khan. A day before the shooting, all four consumed alcohol. A resident of Bawana provided the weapon,” said Pal.Khan is a fan of Neeraj and agreed to carry out the killing as his associates had approached him. Sources said Khan was intoxicated and could not identify Vinod and fired at him. Bawania’s hearing was delayed by few minutes and he escaped. He has been in Tihar since 2014.Praveen is a resident of Mundka and has two previous criminal cases against him. Vikram lives in Bawana and has car-jacking cases against him. The juvenile is said to be involved in heinous crimes.

Two booked for 1984 anti-Sikh riots

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Decades after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, two persons who allegedly incited a mob of 800-1,000 people to kill two people and injure others stand to face trial, after a Delhi court framed charges against them. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey put Naresh Sehrawat and Yash Pal Singh to trial, after the SIT constituted by the Narendra Modi-led government in 2015 booked them for provoking the mob in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur area. “There is prima facie sufficient material on record to frame charges against both the accused,” the court stated.The case pertains to the riots that broke after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguard. On this date in 1984, the mob allegedly incited by Sehrawat and Yash Pal killed Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh and left several others injured. “That on November 1, 1984, at 9 am, both of you (Sehrawat and Yash Pal) were a part of a rioting mob of 800-1,000 persons who were armed with iron rods, sticks, danda, hockey sticks, stones, and kerosene oil. And both of you, in pursuance of the criminal conspiracy, broke open the door and window of Surjeet Kumar’s room,” the court said, while framing the charges against the duo. In 1993, the case was re-opened on the statement of one Santokh Singh, a resident of Khalsa Kirana Store in Mahipalpur. Singh, before the Ranganath Mishra Commission of Inquiry, which was constituted on the recommendation of Justice DK Jain and DK Agarwal Committee, had said that the accused had incited the mob.But, during the hearing in the court, he admitted that he was not an eye-witness and that whatever he had deposed in the affidavit before the Mishra Commission was on the basis of what the villagers of Mahipalpur had told him. The police, thereafter, filed an untraceable report. The case was again re-opened by the SIT, which took the statement of the deceased’s brother, who was also injured in the same attack and was an eye-witness.

Ranbaxy ex-director held for property fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a man for selling his mortgaged property in the Prithviraj Road area of Lutyens zone. The accused, Manjit Singh, is reportedly a former director of the Ranbaxy firm. A Delhi court then sent Singh to 14-day judicial custody.Senior EOW officers confirmed Singh’s arrest.According to the police, a house on the Prithivraj Road was sold to businessman Ashok Gupta last year. The deal was closed at Rs 245 crore, of which Rs 4.5 crore was paid. But, Gupta was later told that the house had been mortgaged for a loan. So, he approached Singh and asked him to return his money, but the latter refused. Gupta then approached the police and registered a case.Singh was served several notices by the EOW, but he never joined the probe. The police then arrested him and produced him before the court. The Delhi police had sought his custody on the grounds that he was not co-operating in the investigation and not providing details of the property in question.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sehrawat, however, sent the accused in to judicial custody. His bail application will be heard at 2 pm on Thursday. Further investigation is underway.BACKGROUNDA house on the Prithivraj Road was sold to businessman Ashok Gupta last year. The deal was closed at Rs 245 crore, of which Rs 4.5 crore was paid. But, Gupta was later told that the house had been mortgaged for a loan.
So, he approached Singh and asked him to return his money, but the latter refused. Gupta then registered a case.

DUSU Election Results 2017: Congress’ NSUI wins 2 out of 4 seats including that of President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) has won the posts of President and Vice-President. BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the post of Secretary. Re-counting is on for the post of joint secretary. According to PTI, ABVP has won the jt-secy post. Last year, ABVP had won the post of president, vice president, and secretary. NSUI candidate was elected to the post of joint secretary.Rocky Tuseed of NSUI winning the post of president is being seen as a major setback for ABVP as it was hopeful of retaining this position. NSUI has won the post of president after four years. Students’ outfits had contested for a total of four positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. A total of 43% voter turnout was recorded. Here are the total number of candidates who were in the fray: 24 Presidential candidates; 10 Vice-Presidential candidates; 5 Secretary candidates; 5 Joint Secretary candidates.NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed won the president’s post by a margin of 1,590 votes, while the party’s Kunal Sehrawat defeated the ABVP candidate by 175 votes. ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of secretaryLive updates: 3:35 PMCongress VP Rahul Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning in DU. 3:00 PM2:00PM 1:18 PMClose contest in Delhi University Students’ Union. ABVP is leading on Vice President and Secretary posts; NSUI is ahead on President and Joint Secretary posts.1:02 PMThe main contestants for the DUSU presidential post are ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed, AISA’s Parul Chauha, independent candidates Raja Choudury and Alka.Earlier, the Delhi High Court gave a go-ahead to the Delhi University to declare the results on Tuesday for the post of President in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election. The court’s order came on a plea by the University seeking modification of its September 8 interim order by which it had allowed National Students Union of India (NSUI) presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed to contest the election but directed the varsity not to declare the results for the post of the President. ABVP candidates: President candidate – Rajjat Chaudhary, VP – Parth Rana, Secretary – Mahamedhaa Nagar, Jt. Sec. – Uma Shankar. NSUI candidates: President – Rocky Tuseed, Vice President – Kunal Sehrawat, Secretary – Minakshi Meena, Jt. Sec. – Avinash Yadav. AISA candidates: President – Parul Chauhan, Vice President – Aditya , Secretary – Jaishree , Jt. Sec. – Akash Gupta

New landfill plans exist only on paper, rue civic bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The blame game between the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi continued on Saturday.The north, south, and east corporations, which take care of the four landfill sites — Ghazipur, Bhalaswa, Okhla, and Narela-Bawana — stated that the spots identified for processing and dumping of city’s 9,000 metric tonnes (MT) of waste in 2013 were still only on paper. The DDA then claimed that it has already allotted the land for the purpose but the corporations insisted that the sites were allotted just a month ago, and are still awaiting environment clearances.The corporation officials said they had been demanding land since 2002, when the three major landfills had exhausted their capacity and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had imposed a ban on dumping garbage at these sites.”The 150 acres of land that the DDA has provided us in Ghonda-Gurjar is situated on the Yamuna river bed. There are issues related to contamination of water there. The project is waiting for clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). It is not a feasible option for a landfill site. We are, however, still to present our case to the court,” a senior east Corporation officer associated with the project said.The north Corporation has two landfill sites — Bhalaswa, which has been exhausted, and Narela-Bawana, which is relatively new. The civic body was allotted four sites a fortnight ago, which are yet to be handed over.”All these sites are small in size and can be used only to process waste. The problem has been lurking for a decade but we have got the land just now,” a senior official said.North Corporation Mayor Preety Agarwal has sought a status report from the municipal commissioner on the Bhalaswa landfill site. “The landfill site is a threat. It needs to be attended to immediately, so that a Ghazipur-like incident can be avoided,” Agarwal said.South Corporation Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said the DDA allotted two pieces of land for a compost plant and a landfill site a month ago, but they will become functional only by year-end.”We have 20 acres of land near Okhla at Tehkhand to dump waste while another 5 acres to process the waste. Besides, we have dug up a hilltop in the area to dump and process waste in the area. The two sites will be functional by year-end,” Sehrawat said.Also, a concrete and demolition plant to process rubble and debris in order to make bricks and pavement blocks will be coming up at Vikaspuri’s Bakarwala, which can take care of nearly 1,100 metric tonnes of construction waste, she added.In November last year, Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal had asked the DDA to allot land to corporations, as landfills were emitting toxic fumes and adding to air pollution.

Dengue claims first life in Delhi this season, 325 hit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi authorities on Monday confirmed the first reported dengue death in the capital this year. Civic officials have identified the deceased as 12-year-old Nitish Kumar, a resident of Safdarjung development area in the city, who died of ‘dengue shock syndrome’ on August 1, 36 hours after he was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.According to the municipal report, 325 people have been affected by the vector-borne disease this monsoon season in Delhi alone.“The patient was brought to us 4-5 days after he was infected. He had the dengue shock syndrome and his blood pressure was not recordable. There was fluid collection in his chest and abdomen,” said Dr Anil Sachdeva, paediatrician, Sir Gangaram Hospital. “Kumar hailed from Bihar,” said South Delhi Mayor, Kamaljeet Sehrawat.Of the total 657 dengue cases reported this year, 325 have been in Delhi and 332 from other states.

SDMC, PWD indulge in blame game as Delhi’s drains overflow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday again blamed the AAP government’s Public Works Department (PWD) for the city being waterlogged with filthy water every other day it rains.The corporation’s Matiala ward Councillor had raised a short notice in the House meeting on the issue over the cleaning of PWD drains.South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat claimed that most of the city’s roads get waterlogged for the drains falling under the jurisdiction of the PWD.”The PWD owns all the big drains of the city, including the Kushak Nallah and others. But the department does not clean the drains even during the monsoon, which leads to the overflowing of sewers,” the mayor said.While both the agencies – SDMC and PWD – claim that they have cleaned 90 per cent of the drains in their area, both blame each other regarding the de-silting of the choked drains resulting in waterlogging.”Even the state government has turned a blind eye towards issue while people suffer every monsoon. Though we have completed desilting at most of the major drains and roadside drains of four feet depth, the Delhi government has not even undertaken sewer cleaning in any part of the city. PWD has not taken care to ensure proper disposal of rain water at its vulnerable points,” she said.Drains up to 60 feet are under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation while 60 feet and above fall under the PWD.In order to enable citizens to lodge complaints of waterlogging, the Corporation had launched a 24X7 helpline last month.The LG had this year directed the PWD to install pumps and fix the major 60 waterlogging flash points in the city including Kashmere Gate, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mukarba Chowk and Andheria Mor, among others. However, waterlogging complaints are still pouring in from these areas.

SDMC mayor writes to LG, CM over identification of wards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding identification of municipal wards falling under it. In her letter to Baijal and Kejriwal, Sehrawat alleged the notification was pending with the AAP government and sought their intervention in the matter. “Consequently, various committees, such as, Standing Committee, Wards Committee and various other constitutional committees of SDMC are also pending. “Due to non-constitution of committees, the corporation is not able to carry out works, causing delay in various decisions of public interest,” she said in the letter. She said, “I shall be grateful if you could intervene in the matter and expedite notification in the best interest of public of Delhi.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC makes construction of toilets at petrol pumps a must

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After restaurants, petrol pumps in south Delhi will now be having public toilets in their premises. In its bid to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has asked petrol pumps in its jurisdiction, which do not have toilet facilities, to get them constructed by July 15.Currently, there are 551 public toilets and another 353 community toilets providing free usage to people. Apart from this, SDMC had facilitated free usage of toilets in hotels and restaurants across its jurisdiction. However, this facility is limited to women and children only.”After this move, the number of public toilets will increase from 904 to 1,054. More than 150 petrol pumps will have this facility in the next two weeks,” said an SDMC official.A dedicated officer will monitor the entire process. A set of guidelines have been issued to make the facilities available within the stipulated period.”The toilets at the petrol pumps must remain clean and well maintained and open for the general public during that duration for which the petrol pumps are open. Furthermore, water supply at the toilets should be ensured,” said Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor, SDMCMeanwhile, the municipal body will make the condition of a functional toilet at petrol pump mandatory for issuance of the municipal licence. “Strict action will be taken against those who will not adhere to the guidelines,” Sehrawat added.The decision of allowing women and children to use toilets in hotels and restaurants in south Delhi was later followed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, too.

SDMC asks petrol pumps to construct toilets on premises within

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has asked petrol pumps under its jurisdiction to make sure they have functional toilets on their premises within two weeks. Aiming to improve its Swachhata Sarvekshan ranking, the corporation has accelerated its efforts towards upgrading civic facilities. SDMC Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel has instructed officials concerned to take necessary steps in this direction. There are more than 150 petrol pumps under the SDMC. The civic body said petrol pumps would be issued municipal licences only if they have functional toilets on their premises. The licensees will be bound to implement it, said a senior municipal corporation officer. Once implemented, the number of public toilets will go up from 904 to more than 1,054 under the SDMC. There are 551 public toilets and another 353 community toilets providing free usage facility to the general public, the officer said. “Petrol pumps lacking this infrastructure are being asked to construct toilets on their complex within two weeks and make the same functional by July 15,” he said. A nodal officer will be nominated by the corporation for keeping a watch on the deadline to be met by the petrol pumps. Recently, the civic body facilitated free usage of toilets in hotels and restaurants under its jurisdiction for women and children. South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, “The SDMC will not hesitate in taking action against the defaulting petrol pump owners.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New app to end vector-borne diseases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat launched a new application called Vector Borne Disease Control (VBDC) to cover 16 vulnerable wards identified on the basis of substantial breeding data localities on Monday. The aim was to develop a micro plan to completely eradicate the challenge of mosquitoes resulting in diseases like dengue and chikungunya.Deputy Mayor Kailash Sankla, Standing Committee Member Bhupender Gupta, Leader of House Shikha Rai, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Matiala and Commissioner Dr Puneet Kr Goel were also present at the launching event.Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, “It is important to visit each and every house on or before 7th day (life cycle of mosquitoes) to identify breeding sites and its destruction.” She also suggested that Dengue Breeding Checkers (DBCs) should work on Saturdays and Sundays as they could be provided an off in one of the week days.

SDMC delegation meets Kejriwal; discusses funds, desilting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An SDMC delegation led by Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today called on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and sought release of “amount pending” to it under the Third Delhi State Finance Commission, besides discussing the issue of desilting. The other members of the delegation were Deputy Mayor Kailash Sankala and Standing Committee members Bhupender Gupta and Shikha Roy. The delegation also apprised the CM of steps being taken to tackle vector-borne diseases and presented a three-month action plan on it. “The mayor and other leaders stressed upon the need of release of amount pending to SDMC under the third Delhi State Finance Commission and grant-in-aid,” the SDMC said in a statement. “In view of the due amount not being released, the SDMC has been facing problems to expedite its projects,” Sehrawat was quote as saying in the statement. She also requested Kejriwal to instruct the PWD and other agencies to undertake proper road repair works and filling of potholes to address the problem of water-logging. The mayor also requested him to instruct the PWD and Irrigation and Flood Control Department to complete desilting work since the corporation’s share of “work is about to be completed in a couple of days”. Sankla said drains like Najafgarh’s of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department and other drains of PWD have “not been desilted”. Rai said traffic police has identified 350 spots which are prone to water-logging. These spots need to be fixed by the PWD, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC to give uniform, ID cards to mosquito-control staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation today said dengue breeding checkers (DBCs) would be provided uniforms and identity cards so that they can discharge their duties without any hindrance. Many people do not allow mosquito-breeding checking staff into their houses, an issue that has been plaguing the civic bodies in implementing their vector-control programme. Currently they visit houses in plainclothes. The issue was brought up during the session of the SDMC House when both ruling BJP and opposition AAP councillors discussed the matter on sanitation and vector-borne diseases. “The SDMC will provide uniform and identity card to the DBCs to allay any apprehension on part of the residents about them,” Municipal Commissioner P K Goel was quoted as saying by the SDMC in a statement. He further said eight supersucker-cum-jetting machines will be purchased soon and tenders will be issued for buying 12 more machines. These machines will help in clearing the water logging and thus curb breeding of mosquitoes. South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said an action plan has been prepared to tackle the menace of vector-borne diseases this season. “We are focusing on intensifying awareness drive. There is no treatment available for dengue and chikungunya, so we will have to go all-out to control mosquito-breeding. And, for this the role of our around 1,200 DBCs is crucial. We have raised their remuneration to Rs 14,000 per month which is as per the minimum wages,” she said. The mayor further said in order to educate students and their parents, dengue-themed homework cards have been distributed. A toll free helpline — 1800112260 has been made functional, about 160 hoardings in each zone have been installed, 100 billboards have been put up, and a large number of pamphlets have been distributed, she said. “The corporation has now decided to increase the number of three-wheeler-mounted public address systems from 12 to 104 to enable dissemination of awareness and precautionary measures in all 104 wards. “Apart from this workshops are being organised in association with RWAs and market associations,” the mayor said. As per the the latest municipal corporation report released yesterday, at least 61 cases of dengue and 131 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital till June 3.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn AAP leaders meet mayors;express concern over civic issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leaders of Opposition in north and south corporations today met their respective mayors expressing concern over various civic issues, including preparedness for handling a possible outbreak of vector- borne diseases in Delhi. At least 96 cases of chikungunya and 40 of dengue have been reported in the national capital this year. The AAP is the opposition party in all the three municipal corporations — the NDMC, the SDMC, the EDMC. The new team of the three civic bodies had taken charge last month. Leader of Opposition in the SMDC, Ramesh handed over a memorandum on behalf of his party councillors to South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today in which the AAP has expressed concern over the situation of dengue, malaria, chikungunya, besides other civic issues like sanitation, desilting and potential waterlogging points, an official said. Leader of Opposition in the NMDC, Rakesh Kumar also handed over a memorandum to North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal expressing concern over the same civic issues. Ramesh stressed upon the need for dissemination of information on prevention of dengue and chikungunya. “A number of his fellow councillors raised issues of difficulties in getting development work done in unauthorised colonies, unsatisfactory status of primary collection of garbage in Najafgarh Zone, accumulation of garbage over vacant plots, release of funds to councillors before start of rainy season,” the SDMC said in a statement. Ramesh, however, expressed his satisfaction over the meeting. Responding to the AAP councillors, Sehrawat said she has instructed departments concerned for undertaking sanitation and desilting work in a time-bound manner. “As per development work in unauthorised colonies, the issue will be discussed with the municipal commissioner for further action. “In next few days, the campaign against vector-borne diseases will become more visible. And, primary collection of garbage in Najafgarh Zone will soon become smooth like in other zones,” she added. Sehrawat further said she will request all 104 councillors in SDMC to identify one major project work in their respective ward. Meanwhile, North Delhi Mayor Agarwal today also convened a meeting of newly-elected NDMC councillors to sensitise them about the proceedings of the House and their duties. The meeting was attended by more than 80 councillors, the NDMC said in a statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Signature campaign to promote waste segregation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the World Environment Day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will launch a signature campaign on Wednesday, to encourage residents across its 104 wards to segregate dry and wet waste. The World Environment Day is observed on June 5.The BJP-led civic bodies in the Capital have failed to implement waste segregation in the last five years.As part of the signature campaign, the corporation will have residents pledge to develop a habit of segregating waste in these two categories, in a bid to protect the environment. Segregation of waste helps in recycling and processing it. Delhi has been reeling under toxic levels of air pollution, and nearly 10 per cent of it is comes from landfill fires.South corporation Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said the move will come as a significant contribution to the Swachh Bharat Mission. “I will make sure all councillors complete the work of administering the pledge to residents at the earliest,” she said.The Mayor also launched the Swachh Map mobile app to allow residents to post pictures of garbage being dumped in any area. The application was launched in her own ward, Dwarka-B, as a pilot project.

SDMC claims 92 wards ODF, mayor asks to make it 100 pc by Jun

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to make the civic area open defecation-free by June 30, even as the SDMC claimed that 92 of its wards have achieved that goal. Sehrawat, who represents Dwarka-B ward, was elected unopposed to the post on May 19, and that day had said that sanitation would be her “first priority”. “The SDMC has been able to provide to all households in 92 wards, access to either a single toilet or community toilets within 500 m of their settlement, and has also ensured that all commercial areas in the wards have access to public toilets within a distance of 1 km. “Further all schools have certified that students enrolled there have access to toilets and are routinely using the facilities at schools and at homes,” the civic body said. In a statement today, the BJP-led municipal body, claimed that it had “fulfilled all prescribed parameters needed for declaration of a ward as ODF (open defecation-free) by a specific urban local body under the Swachh Bharat Mission.” The SDMC made public its preliminary resolution declaring its 92 of the 104 wards as ODF. “The corporation is all set to issue a public notice to invite feedback, suggestions, comments and objections from the residents of these 92 wards within 15 days of publication of the notice. “In case, no objection is lodged in response to the public notice, the SDMC will announce its final resolution for further transmission to the state government, which will certify the claim of the corporation through an appropriate third-party verification process before finally according the status of ODF to the (areas falling under) the SDMC,” Municipal Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel was quoted as saying in the statement. The residents can submit comments or objections through email ([email protected]) and telephone (no. 22235253), the civic body said. The mayor said the SDMC first identified a number of “open defecation hot spots” for ensuring sanitation access to all residents. Recently, it also brought in a policy, whereby women and children can access for free toilet facility in hotels, eateries and restaurants. Sanitation is a major governance issue in Delhi and the BJP, which has been ruling the MCD for the last 10 years, has faced criticism from residents and opposition parties for “lack of cleanliness” in the city. The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have continuously attacked the BJP-led corporations, alleging that the three civic bodies have turned the city into a “mound of garbage”. The civic bodies had faired poorly in the Swachh Bharat survey which was released recently by the Centre. In the ‘Swachh Bharat’ reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, areas falling under the three municipal corporations were ranked low — the EDMC (196), SDMC (202) and NDMC (279).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sanitation, e-gov main focus areas: new South Delhi mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation would focus on sanitation and enhancing transparency in administration through e-governance, BJP councillor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, after being elected today as the new mayor of the civic body. The 44-year-old former vice president of Delhi BJP unit also asserted that the ruling party and the opposition in the SDMC must “work together” for a greener and cleaner city. “Sanitation would be one of our focus areas and we are going to improve our garbage management system by bringing in more mechanised sweeping facilities. Also the plan is to take more eco-friendly measures by enhancing capacity of waste-to- energy plants,” Sehrawat told reporters, soon after assuming charge. Her NDMC counterpart, Preety Agarwal had yesterday, after taking charge, had also emphasised that sanitation would be her “top priority”. Sanitation is a major governance issue in Delhi and the BJP, which has been ruling the MCD for the last 10 years, has faced criticism from residents and opposition parties for lack of cleanliness in the city. The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have continuously attacked the BJP-led corporations, alleging that the three civic bodies have turned the city into a “mound of garbage”. The three civic bodies had faired poorly in the Swachh Bharat survey which was released recently by the Centre. In the ‘Swachh Bharat’ reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, areas falling under the three municipal corporations were at a low — the EDMC (196), SDMC (202) and NDMC (279). Sehrawat, who had won the civic polls by a record margin, was elected unopposed as the new mayor of South Delhi as the new team of the area’s civic body also took charge. The post of mayor sees five single-year terms on a rotation basis, with the first year being reserved for women, the second for open category, third for reserved category, and the remaining two also being in the open category. Kailash Sankla was also chosen unopposed as the deputy mayor as no other party had filed nominations for the two posts. While Sehrawat represents Dwarka-B ward, Sankla won from Punjabi Bagh in the high-stakes MCD polls held on April 23. She had trounced AAP’s Sushma Bansal in Dwarka-B ward by a record margin of 9,866 votes, the highest in the entire polls. Sehrawat polled 14,613 while Bansal could just get 4,747 votes. “Our emphasis is on ‘Digital India’ and e-governance, as envisioned by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We have made several facilities available online. And, now our target is to improve such facilities and bring greater transparency in our administration and remove scope for corruption,” she said, when asked if the SDMC is taking measures to check the alleged graft in the civic body. “We have relaunched our website, and soon we will connect it with Facebook and Twitter too,” Sehrawat added. Members to the SDMC’s Standing Committee were also elected. From the BJP, Bhupender Gupta, Shikha Roy, Nandani Sharma and Tulsi Joshi became the members, as fellow party member Poorva had withdrawn her nomination. Congress’s Andrews Ganj councillor Abhishek Dutt and AAP councillor from Hastsal ward, Ashok Kumar, were also elected for the panel. Incidentally, the first proceedings of the newly elected House of the SDMC, went without a hitch, as the municipal administration had made adequate security arrangements to ward off any unauthorised entry. Yesterday, chaotic scenes were witnessed as the newly elected civic body of the NDMC met for the first time with some “outsiders” entering the House and chanting slogans of ‘Modi, Modi’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Leader of Opposition Ramesh, an AAP councillor from Matiala, who sported a traditional ‘pagdi’ (headgear), said, “We do not want to do politics, but work with your party (BJP). But, any step or policy which is against the interest of the people, would be opposed tooth and nail by the AAP.” Out of the total 104 wards under the SDMC that had gone to polls, the BJP won 70, the AAP 16 and the Congress 12. One ward each was won by the SP and the INLD, while four independent candidates emerged victorious. Shikha Roy, councillor from Greater Kailash, was chosen as the Leader of House. “We all represent the aspirations of the people of Delhi, and therefore we must not fail them. We dream of making the SDMC a model civic body, and therefore all must work together,” she said in her speech in the House. The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 into the NDMC, the SDMC and the EDMC. The first MCD poll after the trifurcation was held the same year. The BJP had bagged 181 of the 270 wards in the civic polls. Delhi has a total of 272 wards. While election to Maujpur ward in east Delhi was held on May 14, Sarai Pipal in north Delhi will go to polls on May 21. Elections in these two wards were postponed due to death of candidates. Lok Sabha member Parvesh Verma, Senior Congress leader and former mayor Farhad Suri, veteran BJP leader Subhash Arya, former Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay and other senior leaders were also present.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After record win, Sehrawat set to become SDMC mayor tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s mayoral nominee in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation Kamaljeet Sehrawat, who had won the civic polls by a record margin, is set to be elected unopposed tomorrow, when the new team of the civic body will also take charge. Besides, Kailash Sankla would also be chosen unopposed as the deputy mayor as no other party had filed nominations for the two posts. While Sehrawat represents Dwarka-B ward, Sankla won from Punjabi Bagh in the high-stakes MCD polls held on April 23. The post of mayor sees five single-year term on a rotation basis, with the first year being reserved for women, the second for open category, third for reserved category, and the remaining two also being in the open category. For the post of chairman of the south corporation’s standing committee, the BJP has fielded Bhupender Gupta. It has fielded Shikha Rai, Nandani Sharma, Tulsi Joshi and Poorva for being members of the panel. Congress’ Andrews Ganj councillor Abhishek Dutt has filed nomination for the post of SDMC’s panel member while Ashok Kumar, an AAP councillor from Hastsal ward, is also in the fray for the panel membership post. Sehrawat had trounced AAP s Sushma Bansal in Dwarka-B ward by a record margin of 9,866 votes, the highest margin in the entire polls. Sehrawat polled 14,613 while Bansal could just get 4,747 votes. Out of the total 104 wards under SDMC that had gone to polls, the BJP won 70, AAP 16 and Congress 12. One ward each was won by the SP and the INLD, while four independent candidates had also emerged victorious. Incidentally, last year, Janakpuri councillor Shyam Sharma of BJP was elected as mayor, after defeating Praveen Rana of the Congress by a margin of 25 votes. Sharma had secured 62 votes out of total 99 valid votes polled. The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 into the NDMC, the SDMC and the EDMC. The first MCD polls after the trifurcation was held the same year. The BJP had bagged 181 of the 270 wards in the civic polls. Delhi has a total of 272 wards. While election to Maujpur ward in east Delhi was held on May 14, Sarai Pipal in north Delhi will go to polls on May 21. Elections in these two wards were postponed due to death of candidates.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP suspends Kapil Mishra from party’s primary membership

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party today suspended Kapil Mishra from the party’s primary membership, a day after he made bribery charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The decision was taken by its high-powered Political Affairs Committee (PAC) chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence, capping a dramatic turn of events pertaining to the AAP chief’s financial probity. A PAC member confirmed the development. A decision to appoint Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as the chief of the party’s Punjab unit was also taken at the meeting. With this, Mishra became the fifth AAP MLA — after Sandeep Kumar, Asim Ahmed Khan, Devendra Sehrawat and Amanatullah Khan — to be suspended from the party since it stormed to power in the national capital two years ago. Reacting to the decision, Mishra mocked Kejriwal for not “going the whole hog and expelling” him. “They could not show enough courage,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi court to hear former MLA Rambir Shokeen’s bail plea today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court will today continue the hearing on the bail plea by former MLA Rambir Shokeen. The Delhi police had earlier filed its reply on Shokeen’s bail plea. In November 2016, a Delhi court sent former Shokeen, who was chargesheeted along with alleged gangster Neeraj Bawana and others in a case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), to three days police custody to unearth the larger conspiracy. Earlier on September 2016, a chargesheet was filed against gangster Neeraj Bawana, Shokeen and others, accusing them of running a crime syndicate in the national capital. Besides Neeraj and Shokeen, the police chargesheeted Neerajs elder brother Pankaj Sehrawat and other arrested members of the syndicate — Sunil Rathi, Amit Malik alias Bhura, Naveen Dabas, Rahul Dabas, Naveen Hooda, Deepak Dabas and Gurpreet Singh in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army veterans protest Jadhav’s death sentence near Pak High

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of army veterans today staged a protest near the Pakistan High Commission against the death sentence awarded to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The protesters were led by Delhi Assembly legislator Col (retd) Devinder Sehrawat. They also handed over a memorandum to the authorities at the Pakistan High Commission in Chanakyapuri. “We urged the Pakistan High Commissioner to communicate the outrage over the unacceptable treatment meted out to Jadhav,” Sehrawat said. “Pakistan is creating problems for itself and will have to payback if it continued with such actions. We request the country to take the case of Jadhav seriously and think over continuing any relationship with Pakistan,” he said. Nearly two dozen ex-servicemen, including Col (retd) Ravi Tokas and Col (retd) KPS Rana, took part in the protest. India has warned Pakistan to consider the “consequences” on bilateral ties if Jadhav is hanged in the alleged espionage case and vowed to go “out of the way” to save him amid an outrage throughout the country. Jadhav was “arrested” on March 3 last year by Pakistani security forces in the restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was “a serving officer” in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). The Pakistan Army had released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest. India has acknowledged that Jadhav served with the navy but denied he has any connection with the government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP announces final list of candidates for MCD polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several party office bearers and their relatives today got the tickets from the BJP to contest the MCD polls, the candidates for which were announced by the party a few hours before the closure of filing of nominations. The prominent faces who have been given ticket include Poonam Parasar Jha, Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha president and wife of former MLA Anil Jha. She will contest from Mubarakpur Dabas ward in North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). The BJP has fielded six Muslim candidates for the April 23 polls to the three civic body in the national capital. Among them was Rubina, whose name figured in the final list which came out today. She will contest from Quraish Nagar in NDMC and Jamal Haidar from Abul Fazal Enclave in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Rubina is daughter of sitting councilor Hoor Bano, said a BJP leader. A number of party workers who could not succeed in getting a ticket today assembled at the Delhi BJP office and chanted slogans outside the gate as a mark of protest. “I toiled hard for the victory of the Member of Parliament from my constituency. But, now he seems to have forgotten me,” said a woman party worker who had sought ticket from a ward under South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The lists of 100 candidates released today included names of 34 candidates in NDMC, 40 in SDMC, and 26 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). The party had yesterday announced its first list of 160 candidates. There are a total of 272 wards in the three municipal corporations in the city, 104 each in South and North Delhi municipal corporations and 64 in the East Delhi municipal corporation. Party sources said that the leadership was under “tremendous pressure” from several quarters including sitting MPs, former legislators and ex-councilors who had been “lobbying hard” with national leaders and the RSS for tickets. The party had earlier decided not to field outgoing councilors this time to ward off anti-incumbency. The BJP has given five tickets to its ally Akali Dal which will contest in Pratap Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Kalkaji, GTB Nagar and Rajendra Nagar on the BJP’s ‘Lotus’ symbol. Earlier, the Paharganj seat in NDMC was given to Lok Jan Shakti Party but later the party announced its own candidate, Babita Bharija, from there. The final list also included names of some candidates who are known to be close to top leaders in the party, the party sources said. Raj Kumar Ballan, incharge of Mayur Vihar district who is said to be close to Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, has been given ticket from Brahmpuri in EDMC, while Jai Prakash JP, close to Union minister Vijay Goel, has got ticket from Sadar Bazar in NDMC. Former army officer Colonel Oberoi will contest from Rajouri Garden ward. Sources said that he is a resident of Dwarka. The party has also fielded Delhi BJP vice presidents Shikha Rai and Kamljeet Sehrawat in MCD polls. Rai and Sehrawat had previously contested assembly elections on the party ticket. Purvanchal Morcha president Vipin Bihari has also got the ticket. Sources said that Bina Virmani, candidate from Ramesh Nagar in North Delhi, is wife of an OSD of a Union minister. Filing of nominations for the April 23 election ended at 6PM today. Candidates got the tokens were seen completing formalities for filing of nominations even after the given time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Surakhpur village is Delhi’s 1st fully digital village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Surakhpur village in south-west Delhi was today declared the first fully digital payment enabled village of the national capital. According to the district administration, all 113 households in the village have at least one Aadhaar seeded bank account linked with mobile phones. It makes this village 100 per cent digital payment enabled village. At a function here, Sub Divisional Magistrate (Najafgarh) Anjali Sehrawat formally announced Surakhpur village as the first fully digital payment enabled village in the capital. Two grocery shops in the village have been facilitated to seek and installed PoS machine for payments by debit/credit cards for local purchases, an official said. “People were informed that Aadhaar seeding and mobile linking of their bank accounts will enable them to easily switch to less-cash transactions. In view of this, all bank accounts have been linked to their Aadhaar and mobile to cater to the needs of villagers,” the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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